University of Hawaii Maui College Zero Waste Plan developer Brenda Starcher weighs a bucket of recyclable material Wednesday morning as a crew of "Dumpster divers" sorts through bags of trash that turned out not to be so trashy after all. Starcher said the project by the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui found that out of a full college Dumpster, there were only two bags (bottom) of items that really needed to go to the landfill. The rest of the stuff was catalogued, weighed and recycled, including papers, plastics and compost. The project was designed to establish the college's baseline as it moves toward a recycling policy of zero waste. Also helping with the dirty job were SLIM Executive Director Jennifer Chirico, Stephen Barut, Rhonda Barut, Todd Yoshioka, Marvin Laurel, Melanie Stephens and Marjorie Bonar.
To learn more about the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui, go online to sustainablemaui.org/.
The Maui New / MATTHEW THAYER photo